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Published: January 27th 2016
In our search for more snow, we drove through the Lake Dristrict to Windermere. Andrew always wanted to see the Lake District and I had never been so we thought we might as well. It was just as pretty as the pictures. With the cobble streets lined with little shops and snow on the mountains it really was beautiful. We wished were staying and not just passing through. As it was a Saturday, it was quite busy and there were cars everywhere. We stopped for lunch in a little tearoom which overlooked the street. It snowed a little too.
From there we took off for Scotland and as we headed further north, the snow fell harder and harder. It blanketed the fields and the mountains. Andrew stopped by the roadside so the boys could get out and play in it. They were very excited and loved making snowballs to throw at each other.
We were watching the thermometer on the car as the numbers dropped the closer we got to Scotland. I think the lowest was -1c. The motorway reduced to two lanes and the snow was piling up at the side of the road and traffic had slowed
down. It increased our journey time but I was so pretty looking at the scenery, we didn't mind.
It was dark by the time we arrived in Edinburgh, and by this time Andrew had come down with Conors bug.
So the next day, both Andrew and Ethan full of it and stayed in bed. Conor and I went out for a walk to looked around. The snow on the ground had melted a little but was still a little slippy. We wandered up the Main Street with Conor diving to all the shoe shops to check their range. We then picked up some lunch from Marks and Spencer's to take back to the dying.
The food hall in M&S is fantastic. it's all pre made and ready to eat which suited us. And it looks fresh and appetising. Definately our favourite spot to pick up supplies.
By the afternoon, Andrew had rallied enough to come out and visit Royal Brittania. As long as he didn't have to walk too far or talk he could manage it without launching into a coughing fit. Ethan stayed in bed.
The Brittania is quite interesting to visit. It also
has a tearoom where the Queen would entertain her guests. So we sat and had afternoon tea and felt a bit special for five minutes. A little pricey but very good.
That evening, we managed to get Ethan out and we had dinner in a bistro. We fancied a good old fashioned Sunday roast which was really good.
The next day we had planned to go up to the Castle but as you cannot park close and there were steep steps, Andrew couldn't go. So we gave it a miss and headed off to Glasgow. It was a shame as we didn't get to see much of Edinburgh.
We drove through Perth on the way as we wanted to see what it was like. We neednot have bothered as I didn't think it was all that interesting. At least the scenery on the way there was nice. So on the way back we stopped in Stirling which is really nice. In the older parts of the town it looks very medieval. We went up to the Castle as we could park right out the front and had a wander around.
It was cold up there but
the views are amazing. The castle itself is very interesting and it has been restored very well. The boys were more interested in snowball fights but it was well worth the ticket. It was 5:00pm and very dark when we left for Glasgow.
Glasgow we found was more modern and busy. We decided as Andrew was still not 100%, we took a bus tour around the city instead of walking. It's a good way to see everything in a short space of time. We found Glasgow to be very dirty on the streets but some parts in the old areas were quite nice.
The following day, we drove out to Loch Lomand to see a bit of Scotland. We were not disappointed as its really pretty with the snowy mountains as a back drop. We followed the road which runs along the lake and stopped in a little town called Luss. It looked very familiar to me and I think I must have been there before.
We had to give out car back the next day and board the train to the port of Cairnryan. This was a bit of a disaster as we had asked at
the station which train to take but the guy's accent was so strong it was a struggle to understand him. We ended up taking the slow train which made us miss the connecting coach which takes you to the port. We were stranded with no way of getting there as the next coach was due at 5:00pm. Our only option was to take a taxi. The port was an hours drive so you can imagine the cost of the taxi. Not Happy Jan!
We thankfully made it onto the ferry and everyone was surprised by how flash it was. The boys thought it was going to be like the Rottnest ferry and though they might be heaving up their lunch out on the open sea. It was a 2 hour trip during which we didn't see the boys much as they dashed from one deck to another. There was a cinema to watch a movie and a Timezone type place for kids. And of course, varoius restaurants and a shop. They have the taste for cruising now !
I think this was the most relaxing 2 hours of the holiday so far.
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